Wacky Wednesday

Wacky Wednesday

Yay! It’s Wacky Wednesday!

doTerra-Lemon

I’m giving away a 15 ml of Lemon!

#loveurselfieuseEO

All you have to do is:

  • post a selfie with  your favorite essential oil on my Facebook page EO Living by Julie in the comment of the Wacky Wednesday post
  • Like EO Living by Julie page
  • Like and share my Wacky Wednesday post

Just a few simple steps and you could win a free Lemon essential oil. Post a selfie by midnight on Tuesday, March 22. I know, I know, I hate selfies too, but this is for FREE oil. So come on…just post a picture of your favorite EO. From the posts, a winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will be announced the following Wednesday (March 24).

Don’t miss out on the fun and a chance to win a FREE Lemon essential oil (Retails for $13.33).

Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function.* When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood.

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function*
  • Promotes a positive mood

I’ve been putting a few drops of this citrus limon in my glass water bottle. It has all the above benefits and really makes my water tasty!

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So get your favorite oil, take a selfie with it and post it at EO Living by Julie. Don’t forget the hashtag: #loveurselfieuseEO!

Wacky Wednesday – Cedarwood Essential Oil

Wacky Wednesday

Another Wacky Wednesday!

I’m giving away a 15 ml of Cedarwood!

#loveurselfieuseEO

All you have to do is:

  • post a selfie with  your favorite essential oil on my Facebook page EO Living by Julie in the comment of the Wacky Wednesday post
  • Like EO Living by Julie page
  • Like and share my Wacky Wednesday post

No kidding! Post a selfie by midnight on Tuesday, February 23. I know, I know, I hate selfies too, but this is for FREE oil. So come on…just post a picture of your favorite EO. From the posts, a winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will be announced the following Wednesday (February 24).

Don’t miss out on the fun and a chance to win a FREE Cedarwood essential oil (Retails for $17.33).

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Known for its rich hue and warm, woody scent, Cedarwood essential oil provides a myriad of benefits. It’s native to cold climates, thriving in high altitudes and growing up to 100 feet high. Reminiscent of its size and strength, Cedarwood has a grounding aroma that evokes feelings of wellness and vitality. Cedarwood has a warm, woody, balsamic fragrance that promotes relaxation. Additionally, this oil is frequently used in massage therapy to relax and soothe the mind and body.

  • When applied topically, Cedarwood has clarifying properties. This oil is known for promoting clear, healthy looking skin, After noticing a fresh skin imperfection, apply one drop directly to the affected area to immediately improve the appearance.
  • Before exercising, massage one to two drops into your chest to maintain vitality throughout your workout.
  • Diffuse to relax the mind and body.
  • Naturally repels insects.
  • Used aromatic and topically.

Tip: Add 1 drop to a cotton ball and place in closets, storage boxes or other areas to keep moths at bay.

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So get your favorite oil, take a selfie with it and post it at EO Living by Julie. Don’t forget to post it with #loveurselfieuseEO!

Step #6: Fear

Minimalist Monday

The opposite of freedom is FEAR. On The Minimalists blog, they write about the fear of loss in day 6 of the minimalist journey: “Sometimes we’re afraid to give up what we think we have.” The advocates for less brings more freedom go on to encourage the reader to stop being afraid of what’s keeping happiness away.

Getting rid of the excess in life is truly liberating, but also dealing with the fear that is holding you back is FREEDOM.

This weekend, I created my vision board. Even at my age, there are still things I want to accomplish…my quest to focus my attentions, getting rid of all the non-essentials and live my life simply!

So you may ask, what does a vision board have to do with fear? For me, as my mind focuses on my vision for my life, my focus becomes my vision and less on the fears that are holding me back. If your fears are all you think about (excessive debt, health, loneliness)…these fears become reality.

The following quote is attributed to Winston Churchill. “Create your own universe as you go along.” As I prepared my vision board, I am a huge believer, that it’s your thoughts and also your feelings that shape your life. Your life is a physical manifestation of the thoughts in your head. Taken from the movie the SECRET, “In quantum physics you can’t have a universe without the mind entering into it. The mind is actually shaping the very thing that is being perceived.” I love that!

With this in mind, a vision board sets your thoughts, your feelings to where you want to be. It shapes your life to what you want in it. I still have a few more things I want to add it, but so far, here is what I have for my vision board.

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I hope you will take some time, if you haven’t already and put together your vision board. I would love to hear about your experience. Please share in the comments below.

It’s Gingerly!

Wacky Wednesday

It’s Wacky Wednesday!

#loveurselfieuseEO

I’m giving away a 15 ml. bottle of Ginger! I don’t know how to describe the scent except to say, it smells just gingerly!

Here’s are the contest rules.

Ginger bottle

 

All you have to do is post a selfie with  your favorite essential oil on my Facebook page EO Living by Julie.

That’s right — post a selfie on EO Living by Julie by midnight Tuesday, January 26. From the posts, a winner will be chosen randomly. Okay, okay — if your can’t imagine yourself in a selfie, then just post a picture of your favorite EO. See! It’s easy. The winner will be posted on Facebook the following Wednesday (January 27).

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So here are the steps:

  1. Like EO Living by Julie Facebook
  2. Post your selfie (don’t forget to use hashtag “loveurselfieuseEO”)
  3. Share the original Wacky Wednesday FB post

Don’t miss out on the fun and a chance to win a FREE ginger essential oil (Retails at $52).

This essential oil that is distilled from the root of the ginger plant is so versatile. It’s used frequently in culinary dishes and well-known for beverages. It’s healthy benefits has been known to aid in the reduction of inflammation from arthritis and respiratory.* The list is endless!

Please note: * denotes statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ginger Chews

Therapeutic Thursday

I have been taking a course offered through Vintage Remedies. They shared a recipe that sounded great and gingerly. Ginger Chews. I had to try. It did not disappoint.

Why ginger chews? Ginger has anti-inflammatory benefits.It aids in reducing inflammation with both arthritic and respiratory. This root also supports a healthy digestive system and reduces nausea and vomiting.

Here’s the ingredients:

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I weighed the ginger to be slightly over the 1 ounce to account for peeling the root. I then chopped up the ginger. The first batch I did fine, but medium to course will work just fine.

Set up the cooling dish by lightly oiling the bottom of a loaf pan with coconut oil. I used a 9×9 pan, if a loaf pan isn’t handy. Then add parchment paper over the bottom and oil the paper with coconut oil. Now, we’re ready to make the chews.

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The first process is infusing the ginger in the coconut oil. My first batch I did on medium heat and the ginger turned brown to dark brown. It didn’t affect the taste, but the color of the chews were darker. The second batch I heated the oil and ginger on a low temperature and the color of the chews was more tan than brown. You’re just warm up the oil. You will need to heat the oil with ginger for 20 minutes…just watch it and stir as on occasion.  Enjoy yourself at this stage, the smell of ginger is heavenly.

4After 20 minutes, take the pan off the heat and strain the ginger out of the oil. Combine the organic sugar and honey with the oil and bring to boil using a medium to high heat.  Enjoy yourself at this stage, the smell of ginger is heavenly.

5This is where you need the candy thermometer, you need to bring the temperature of the mixture  up to 245º (soft-ball stage).  Enjoy yourself at this stage, the smell of ginger is heavenly.

6Take the mixture and pour in the prepared pan. Let it cool to set up.

8Each batch can make up to 32 squares. I used a pizza cutter and had better success than cutting with a knife. After it’s cut in squares, wrap them in wax paper. Did I already say, enjoy yourself at this stage, the smell of ginger is heavenly.

Ginger Chews

Store in mason jar or air tight container for up to six weeks. I don’t know if I should be honest and say my family loved them so much we went through one batch in one day. You’ll probably see visions of a wild and crazy group hyped-up on ginger…well you’d be right.  So, I hid the second batch. 

So, got ginger? Are you gonna try? Please share, if you do. I would love to hear about your experience.

 

Cream in the Crust

Tasty Tuesday

Going gluten-free has been difficult, since I love pumpkin pie. I have been making pies without any crust, but I really miss the crust—until now.

Yay! Gluten Free on a Shoe String has saved me. I found a recipe on her blog and tried it with great results. Here is a recipe for an easy and great tasting pie crust. Here is what you will need.

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  • 1 1/2 c gluten-free gum-free flour (here is the previous link on the flours.)
  • 3/4 t Xanthum Gum
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 6 T butter
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • ice water

Mix flour and dry ingredients together. Cut in the butter.

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Add the sour cream and mix adding ice water as needed to make the mixture moist and binding together. Shape the dough into a disk and cover the dough with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

 

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Time to roll the dough out. I use wax paper to roll out my dough. It makes the roll out part as easy as pie. Make sure to lightly dust with flour…top and bottom.

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Place the rolled out dough in the pie plates.

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Cut off the extra crust and form the edges as you like. I just pinch the edges using my fingers.

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As I mentioned, I love pumpkin pie, so I made pumpkin pie using the crust. I just used canned pumpkin and followed the recipe on the can. For added spice, as a few drops of cinnamon bark in the mixture. Tastes as good as it smells.

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With the left over pie crust, my mom would make cinnamon and sugar cakes. My son, Matt, loves them.

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What do you think? Do you have a favorite GF pie crust recipe? What is your favorite pie?

 

Step #5 – Things

Minimalist Monday

The purpose of life

In this step, Day 5, The Minimalist directs us to evaluate all the things in our lives. Moving beyond what is essential on to developing a discerning judgment on the things that occupy our life. This may be quite a timely post right after a holiday that is highly commercialized, huh?

This stage wants us to understand several concepts. Acquiring things cost us money. Maintaining things cost us money. Using things take our time. Keeping things bring us added stress.

I read an article a few months ago that identified how the social normative teaches us early on to become consumers. Sometimes, I think it becomes our quest to buy things so we can experience happiness. Yet, this quest to obtain all these “gotta haves” is insatiable. And during which our focus gets turned to the outside. It becomes all about the appearance — what we have — what we look like; instead of focusing on being a beneficial person and making the world a better place.

Believe me; I get caught in this too. In fact, I am probably deep-seated in it. This has been difficult for me break the behavior. Just to relate a recent experience. There was a white elephant present game over the Christmas holiday, I “stole” a gnome from someone (Sorry, Janet). Certainly, it was part of the game, but really? Yep. Definitely, the gnome was adorable. Of course, it would look even more adorable in my garden. But really, is a gnome in my possession really necessary? Would it really make my life more complete? Would it make ME more valid? 

My favorite author, Henry David Thoreau, wrote, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” In acquiring possessions, it’s not the money spent, it’s the time given. So, before bringing something new into our life; we really need to be discerning on defining what value this “thing” brings.

 So, this new year, here are 5 criteria that I am going to start using before I add new items in my life.

  1. Do I really need this?
  2. How will it add to my life?
  3. What am I giving up to make this purchase and/or bring it home?
  4. Will this help me meet my goals?
  5. Am I buying this to validate who I am?

I am going to try this year to be more discerning in the things that occupy my life and focus more on becoming a better person — realizing that happiness is a choice in the journey and not found in the things I have acquired along the way.

…make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

What are your thoughts? Do you have challenges with “things”? Do they get in your way of making a difference?

 

Wacky Wednesday

Wacky Wednesday

Guess what today is?! Wacky Wednesday!

With Thanksgiving coming up, everyone should have DigestZen on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals. I’m giving away a 15 ml of DigestZen®!

#loveurselfieuseEO

All you have to do is post a selfie with  your favorite essential oil on my Facebook page EO Living by Julie.

That’s right. Post a selfie by Tuesday, November 24. Again, if you can’t do the selfie thing then just post a picture of your favorite EO. From the posts submitted this week, a winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on Wednesday (November 25).

Don’t miss out on the fun and a chance to win a FREE DigestZen essential oil (Retails for $41.33).

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This oil is also known as a “tummy tamer”. It’s great in supporting digestion, soothing an upset stomach, and maintaining overall digestive health.* This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion. Added benefits of Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.* DigestZen is great to have on hand when stomach upset occurs and is safe and effective. DigestZen is a healthy, natural, and gentle way to soothe an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system.* USES • Add a few drops to water to take internally or rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma. • Have DigestZen on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals to promote digestion.* • Take DigestZen with you when traveling or trying new foods to soothe occasional stomach upset.* • Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*

Applications:
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
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So get your favorite oil, take a selfie with it and post it at EO Living by Julie. Don’t forget #loveurselfieuseEO!
CAUTIONS: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. 

Step #4: Essentials

Minimalist Monday

If you define abundance in terms of feeling there is plenty, you will be rich every day of your life. (1)

In Zac Brown Band’s song, “Homestead”, the lyrics go: “I’ve got everything I need and nothing that I don’t.” While these words are easy to understand, I took a moment to let them sink in. How simple! How true! I have everything need…but too, I have a whole lot of things that I don’t need. What a great yard stick to measure what is essential in life.

Step 4 of minimalism is essentials. Coming from a life of consumerism, this is challenging to get down to only the essential. As I have mentioned before, I’m challenged. So, as a wimp, I start small.

I started with my kitchen counter.

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These pictures reveal clutter. I am a person of convenience. If it isn’t convenient, chances are I won’t do it. So, I wanted to take things off the counter to easily keep it clean, but I still needed easy access to some of the items. I had a hard time determining what is essential and what isn’t. This was not be easy for me.

In my reading of organizational tips, I learned placing items together at “point of use”. So I have a my teas together on the right, all my baking/cooking items in the area on the left (in addition with all my supplements). The counter is premium “real estate”, so I only wanted things I use daily on it. While I do take my vitamins daily, all the bottles make the counter look very cluttered. So, I wanted to move them to the cupboard.

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The counters now. Only things that are needed daily have earned a place in the prestige spot on the counter. I still have my kombucha on the counter, so I have to decide if its necessary there or I should move it to another location.

The look of minimalism…tidy, organized, clean.

“I’ve got everything I need and nothing that I don’t.”

This song provided a paradigm shift that I needed. It’s going to be my motivation to continue on. If you’re unfamiliar with the song, here is the Youtube link — enjoy.

I’m loving this simple, minimalist life.

So, what do you have on your counter? Is it only the essential things? Have you been able to minimize its contents even further?